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"I can tell where I was in life when I made each perfume. Every fragrance means something different to me. My personality and my mood was light and fun [this time around] and I can see that [in Glam]. It's a little bit more electric [than the others]. It's the most energetic." - Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian definitely loves her some tuberose, because at it's core GLAM is basically the same as her self named debut perfume; it is a floral jumble and the only individual floral note strong enough to stand out individually is the tuberose and, only some of the time, the jasmine. The floral jumble is so powerful that it hides almost everything else that the perfume has to offer. I knew immediately that I'd dislike GLAM as tuberose is always bitter on me - other people say that tuberose is sweet and creamy, but that has never been the case for me.
The fragrance is one dimensional and boring, with very little difference between the top, heart and base; There was a short lived burst of lemon in the opening, then a laundry detergent undertone develops quite quickly, and finally the musk note develops and joins in the mess [I'm not a fan of musk, so that is something else I could do without].
Laundry detergent? I'm not sure what it is, maybe the water melon combined with clean floral notes, such as orange flower, lily or neroli. The individual notes are too closely mixed together to separate and the soapy mix hides the berries, orris and wood notes, so GLAM is rather cold.
Official scent notes: Watermelon, juicy red berries, citrus, star jasmine, tuberose, rose absolute, orris butter, sandalwood and musk.
Considering that GLAM applies strongly, the poor longevity surprised me. It averages between four and five hours,which, considering the impressive longevity of both Kim Kardashian and Gold [over eight hours], is poor.
The fruit is almost non-existent and I can't detect any of the creamier notes, so there is nothing in GLAM to point to warm or cold weather wear. The only time I'd say that this wouldn't be a good idea is on hotter days; the tuberose is too heavy and is likely to give you a headache.
I wouldn't know when to wear GLAM. I think that it is too invasive for casual or work wear. I don't know anyone who actually likes it, so I wouldn't feel comfortable wearing in public, so that rules out evening wear or any other special occasions too.
A little while ago I put up my initial notes and overall thoughts about Beyonce's latest release, Midnight Heat [full review on it's way], on a perfume website and added that I would probably buy a bottle as a birthday present for myself. A lovely woman in Canada read my post and sent me a message, offering to send me her unwanted bottle of Midnight Heat. I wasn't sure if it would turn out to be someone just trolling for money, but now I feel really guilty for doubting her; less then a week after I sent P+P through Paypal a parcel arrived at my door, not only containing a 100ml bottle of Midnight Heat, a necklace and other perfume samples from Chanel, Nina Ricci and Kenzo, but she also included a 30ml bottle of Kim Kardashian GLAM...
I actually wasn't going to bother reviewing this, as I don't have much say about it [same deal for Gold], but as someone went way out of their way to send it to me I gave it a go. I don't think I've ever given a one star rating to a perfume on a review site; even if I don't like the fragrance itself, I'll find something else - for example the longevity - to be good enough for a two star rating, but there is nothing here for me to recommend about GLAM.
My sister loves Kim Kardashian's True Reflection, so I filled a vial with GLAM for her to try. Her verdict? It's a totally different type of fragrance and she also doesn't like tuberose, so she didn't like it. I then gave another vial to a friend who adores Kim's self-named debut perfume, but she didn't like it either. This time it was mainly because the two perfumes are too similar, except GLAM is more bitter, plus it doesn't last half as long. So I won't be buying as a gift for anyone either; if someone likes her debut scent, then GLAM is too similar to bother getting, and her other pillar perfume is too different to guess if someone will like this too.
30ml - £22.95
50ml - £29.95
100ml - £39.95
There aren't any GLAM giftsets available for Christmas, but the Debenhams site stocks the 'Kim Kardashian Miniature Kollection' for £19.99. This set contains 7.5ml bottles of Kim Kardashian, Gold, Love* and GLAM.
I think there is only Debenhams that sells the Kim Kardashian perfume range now (their site is your best bet for buying it). Larger branches of The Perfume Shop may also still sell Kim Kardashian perfumes, but a quick look in my local branch revealed that it no longer carries them.
The Kim Kardashian fragrances are also sold through her official perfume site; kimkardashianfragrance.co.uk.
* If you were wondering; Kim apparently had Love specially made for her to wear on her wedding day. Only 799 100ml bottles of it were made available for public sale to celebrate her marriage, because how else could you toast the, err, happy couple, other then by giving her $100 for a single bottle of cheaply made perfume?
Don't rush to Ebay to look for it though, as I guess that it's inclusion here means that it'll be getting a regular release at some point.
Kim Kardashian Glam is a floral - fruity fragrance with a powdery woody - musky background. It opens with accords of watermelon, juicy red berries and citrus, before moving into a heart which encompasses flowers of star jasmine, tuberose and rose absolute, while the final trail consists of orris butter, sandalwood and musk.